Funding approved for Ilfracombe pitch plan

All-weather sports field one step closer to reality following approval of more funding.

A partnership project to provide Ilfracombe with an all-weather sports pitch is edging closer this week.

North Devon Council today (Tuesday) agreed to release �20,000 of Section 106 developer money towards the proposed �300,000 scheme at Ilfracombe Arts College.

Funding has now been secured from Devon County Council, Ilfracombe Arts College, Ilfracombe Town Council and North Devon Council and support has been pledged by the Football Foundation and Ilfracombe Town Football Club.

The project now hinges on the success of a �50,000 grant bid to Fullabrook Community Interest Company (CIC).

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Executive Member for Culture, Councillor Derrick Spear, said: “We are so close to achieving this project, which has been eight years in the making and has suffered various setbacks along the way.

“Securing the final �50,000 is so important now. As part of the application, we need clubs who will make use of the new pitch to come forward and tell us, so that we can prove to Fullabrook CIC how much this facility is needed.”

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The 70 by 40 metre “3G” pitch would be managed by the college.

Previous attempts to provide a full-size artificial grass pitch failed due to the withdrawal of the Building Schools for Future funding.

Ilfracombe has the most deprived ward in Devon with the worst health outcomes of anywhere in the county, but is currently the only town in North Devon without an artificial grass pitch.

Sports groups interested in using the new pitch are asked to complete an ‘expression of interest’ form. Contact Richard Slaney on 01271 318533.

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